MERCED, Calif. – Coming off a successful opening weekend in Arizona, the Lucas Oil American Sprint Car Series National Tour will look to carry that momentum into a California tripleheader, returning to the state for the first time since 2012.
Kicking off on March 6, the series will make its debut at Merced Speedway, with a long-awaited return to Placerville Speedway on March 7 before adding another new oval on March 8 at Petaluma Speedway.
A stronghold for sprint car racing, some of the country’s toughest teams and drivers call California home.
Since 2011, Golden State drivers have topped the Lucas Oil American Sprint Car Series National Tour three times.
Tim Kaeding won the series’ inaugural visit to the state on Feb. 9, 2011, at Thunderbowl Raceway in Tulare, Calif. Racing for Jason Johnson, who was still racing in Australia, a then-18-year-old Kyle Larson followed that up on Feb. 12, 2011, at Kings Speedway in Hanford.
The most recent win went to Mason Moore on July 25, 2012, at Placerville Speedway.
Friday at Merced Speedway opens at 5 p.m., with racing slated for 7 p.m. Admission is $30 for adults, $25 for seniors, $5 for youth ages six to 12 and free for kids five and under.
Saturday at Placerville Speedway will open at 3 p.m. Autographs will begin in the grandstands at 4:30 p.m., with racing going green at 7 p.m. Admission is $30 for adults, $26 for seniors and military members, $15 for youth, and free for kids five and under.
Sunday at Petaluma Speedway opens at 4 p.m., with racing at 6 p.m. Admission for adults is $30, $26 for seniors, $20 for youth ages six to 11 and free for kids five and under.
A note to teams, a tarp under the car is required at all times in the pit area.
To any team competing, the muffler rules in California are different. The ASCS Schoenfeld Muffler, Part No. 14272735-78, will not be allowed.
The required mufflers will be the Flowmaster Part No. 56545-10 or SpinTech Part No. 1545 Super Stock. Both can be used with turndowns.
The DBA requirements at all tracks are 95 dba @ 100’ and is strictly enforced.